The Science of Project Management

Project Management Institute

The Project Management Institute started in 1969 as an effort to share best practices; those Today, it is a It is a non-for-profit organization with over 500,000 members. PMI has chapters throughout the world, each offered additional benefits in the form of professional development and networking opportunities.

Project Management Body of Knowledge

PMI has codified the standards for project management in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) guide. The PMBOK is best used as a reference guide, it is not recommend for cover to cover reading. The PMBOK Guide has been recognized as a Standard by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The PMBOK guide is organized into nine knowledge domains:

  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Time Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Human Resource Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement Management
  • Project Stakeholder Management

Project Management Certifications

PMI offered several project management certifications. These credentials demonstrate the holders mastery of the concepts in the PMBOK and experience in the field.

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

The CAPM is an entry level certificate that is an excellent way for students to show that they understand how and will be an effective project team member. The CAPM certification requirement are listed in the table above. Please note that the 23 hours of project management education is not credit hours, but contact hours. Most students taking a semester long project management course will easily meet this education requirement.

Project Management Professional (PMP)

The PMP is the most popular of the certifications that PMI offers and requires a significant amount of experience managing projects before taking the certification exam. This experience has to be documented; Information for each each of the projects on which a potential PMP worked must be provided including the role they played in the project and contact information for third party verification. This part of the application is subject to auditing by PMI. PMI randomly audits applications to take the PMP exam, as well as a small number of existing PMPs. This do this to make sure that they requirements are being met and the credential reflects a high level of expertise in the project management field.

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Technology and Tales from the road